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Voters will decide next election result

Lee Rhiannon 18 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens are proud to have reformed the Senate voting system to allow voters to choose their own preferences above the line, and not have to number every box below the line on their ballot papers.

"We have made history this afternoon. We have taken power away from back room operators and given it to voters," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Standing on the shoulders of Bob Brown and Christine Milne, and with the support of so many people around the country, we're proud to finally deliver this long overdue reform.

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Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters: Senate Voting Reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Mar 2016

Lee asks of Commissioner of the Australian Electoral Commision, Tom Rogers, how voting reform would be implemented, and what efforts will be taken to educate voters on the changes.


Senator RHIANNON: Thank you, Commissioner. When can you start working on the actual implementation of the bill? Is it when the legislation is passed, on assent or the day of commencement? Could you explain that please.

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Speech: Senate Voting Reform

Lee Rhiannon 1 Mar 2016

Lee stands to lay bare the desperation of Labor's arguments against Senate voting reform.


Senator RHIANNON: Today's debate is another attempt where Labor are trying to use process. They have run out of political arguments to defend

Opposition senators interjecting-

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Reynolds): Those on my left!

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Greens call for unity on long overdue voting reform

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2016

The Greens have today welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party.

"Over 12 years the Greens have been putting forward legislation for Senate voting reform that ends back room preference deals and puts power back into the hands of voters," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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5 Ways the Senate Voting System is Broken -- and How to Fix it

Lee Rhiannon 14 Jul 2015

1// It’s undemocratic

The current Senate voting system is almost like a lottery. You vote for one person, then your vote ends up electing somebody totally different.

Convoluted, complicated, and often secretive preference deals means you have no control over where your vote ends up. Some micro-parties are even created for the sole purpose of funnelling preferences and being a cog in the machine that manipulates your vote, distorting our democracy.

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Sydney Morning Herald misinformed and incorrect on Senate voting reform

Lee Rhiannon 7 May 2015

Commenting on a Sydney Morning Herald report ( that suggests the Greens are split on the question of Senate voting reform and would back a "minimum vote threshold", Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The only thing made clear in yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald story is the fact that Mr Aston's unnamed source is wildly disconnected from Greens members and MPs.

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